Harpa, 101 Reykjavík
The Big Picture
BAFTA-award winning musician Ólafur Arnalds closes out an eventful year with a concert in Harpa’s Eldborg hall.
Internationally celebrated for his haunting musical style, Ólafur captivatingly combines elements of ambient, classical, electronic and even elements of pop and rock. His new albumre:member,set to be released on August 24,follows the success of his innovative musical projectIsland Songs (2016). Ólafur has also been praised for extensive soundtrack work, most recently composing the score for BroadchurchandPhilip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.
It’s been three year’s since Ólafur’s last concert in Iceland. The concert in Harpa is a part of Ólafur’s expansive 2018 tour which started in Europe and North America this spring with a string of sold out shows, including the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London.
The tour features a uniquely wired string quartet, a live drummer/percussionist and Ólafur’s playground of pianos and synthesisers.
The centrepiece of the show are two semi-generative, self-playing pianos that Ólafur and his team have spent over two years developing. Simultaneously a compositional tool and a innovative addition to the live performance.
“The self-playing pianos are a jolt to the creative process that forces me to try new and often surprising things.Ina live setting the pianos are a integral part of the performance due to their generative nature.Each time they are played is a little different, making every performance unique.”
Ólafur’s captivating performances will bring together past, present and brand-new material in a fresh light and are sure to be a feast for eyes and ears.